Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Donald Trump Presidency begins

So it's March 21st, 2017 , approx 60 days into the Donald Trump presidency .
Donald J Trump is both a boon and a bane for free speech ! Boon for anyone can troll him on twitter every time he embarrasses himself and get away with it (1st amendment ) and bane for he is gas-lighting the American public 140 characters a time on twitter .

I had to finally make a Twitter account, it is following 2 Twitter accounts @POTUS @realDonaldTrump

You know just in case he starts a nuclear war due to a tweet , need to have push notifications, if the world is ending, need to know as soon as it's about to start

Sigh

#trump #march2017 #freespeech
 #rant

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Besiktas

On Most days after watching a game most weekends I go to espnfc.com to read post match posts, and its one of those place on the web which I find comforting (knowing I wont read something too distressing, apart from United playing badly) . The internet today is a place you can't escape all the bad news, all the news about people blown up or shot or raped or mutilated...


then today I read this ->





sigh, I had to ask, what is it with these countries with these guys deciding to strap explosives on them and their vehicles and blowing everyone up. What the fuck is wrong with them ? I mean what the fuck is the terrorist even thinking ? does even have a functional brain ? does he question anything ? are they making the first human dumb bots ? promise of 72 virgins in heaven really motivates them to blow themselves up ?



Most of the people dying today are not really dying because of a battle between muslims and the west, It is a battle within the Muslim world. If you really are interested in understanding the conflict, do some research, remember history is always written by the victors, so a careful reading would be required to form an informed opinion.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/05/16/are-muslim-countries-more-violent/?utm_term=.95bada182d2f



No real point to my post, just another sunday morning rant.




#today #conflict #violence #soccer

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Milky Way Timelapse @Cherry Spring State Park, PA

video

On my recent visit to Cherry Springs State Park, in Central Pennsylvania, managed to grab some decent shots of our home galaxy. July 2nd 2016 , was 2 days away from New Moon, but the moon had not risen yet, so we managed to see some exceptionally dark skies. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sunday Morning Musings

America the land of the free,home of the brave and also crazy delusional men with lots of automatic guns. Depressing to read about the latest attacks in Florida. Brace yourself for a few days of pointless debate on islamophobia and 2nd amendment and NRA and what not, while how to prevent this type of attack or what is the real reason will probably not be discussed .. #losinghope #beingpessimistic

Saturday, June 11, 2016

My Issue with Organized religion.

My issue with organized religion is that you have to allow someone else telling you what you can eat,and when, or even how much! This is the 21st century, we have to accept that one can easily decide for himself/herself if he/she chooses to or not chooses to believe in , he/she doesn't have to fast or pray or read ancient text, or offer milk or sweets to a stone idol,or whatever else organized religious traditions and customs dictate you do. Especially the biggest common part of religion, the part where obedience to the rules set by the ancient text and its interpretation will be rewarding in the next birth, or if not rebirth then entry ticket to heaven, well it all sounds like a possible thing, except we don't have one confirmed proof of any such reward at the end of it, now I am not arguing that "absence of evidence is evidence of absence", no, I am simply saying that at least the reward part is not confirmed yet and that a better bet is to focus on your one life that you are experiencing currently,The cold harsh truth is that nobody who ever lived has come back from the dead to confirm or deny any of this stuff anyways, for all we know we may just have one shot at this, let's focus on getting this right.


Lets talk about inconsistencies among religion, I cant understand why nobody talks about this and acknowledges this as serious problem for believers, 
for example Judaism and Christianity teaches that there is one God in the universe and as for Muslims, they take it very seriously, it is the single most important belief in Islam, and arguably the central theme of the religion, is that there is only one God. The name of God is Allah, which is simply Arabic for "the (al) God (Ilah). Now obviously Hinduism on the other hand is an oddball here polytheism and monotheism coexist , if you ask how, well it depends who you ask, it's complicated, but the summary is, they sort of organise in a wheel like structure with a hierarchy, its sort of based on how you interpret it, but my point should be clear, you have now some popular religions who widely contradict each other on basic tenets and beliefs, they have inconsistent teachings with each other, what does this mean, who is right, are all wrong ? how can they be considered seriously if they are not compatible , well if you try doing everything one book says, you will definitely violate the other, and so on, infact its so absurd, there are major contradictions within a single religion, let me elaborate in the next section.


To a very few minority who actively want to spread the good word of god, if you want to yell jesus loves you to convince others, well how about you explain the numerously well documented contradictions in the bible [1] , if you are trying to yell "allah 'akbar", translated as god is great, well how about you read the holy book and explain the following verse in the Quran
"Quran (2:191-193) - And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing...," [2] don't see how a god who wants you to kill folks who don't believe in him is great, 
or if you are a hindu, read the gita and explain some of krishnas contradictory advice to arjun or his ambiguity of karma and krishnas ability to render punishment or reward at the same time gita also shows karma to be self governing [3] , I could go on, if you want other books, there are similar issues everywhere, seriously go try looking. 

Some background from where I see religion came from and why its no longer relevant, 
Early Man didn't really understand the stars and the planets and the sun or the moon, so they were made gods, slowly our understanding improved, and now we have these machines that let us communicate ideas and learn about our world and our place in the universe , the information is available, all you have to do is search for it and read. The same early man wrote all that stuff in all those pages in all those ancient religious texts, sure some of the text might come from scholars who were master astronomers and sure some of the text comes from the philosophers and might hold value in our current life as guidelines to follow, so astronomy and astrology were the same science back in the day when farmers relied on astrologers for rain forecast, now-a-days we don't need an old guy sitting under a tree telling the farmers when it will rain, farmers have access to weather forecast coming from meteorologists. The point is the farmers don't rely on complicated traditions and superstitions and god to sow their seeds on time or plough their fields or whatever, they rely on newer and newer tech to improve their yields, just like that we can choose to use newer tech to improve our understanding of the world and stop believing in preachings of these organized religions. We must allow everyone to think critically, we must not be allowed to just accept and obey. Heres a nice reading that discusses more on the origins of how religion evolved. [4]

I have this to conclude my rant with :
Your belief in a 
supernatural
omnipresent
omnipotent 
god is your own personal business, the said god may or may not be REAL and it would be great to not bully everyone who is vulnerable without giving them the opportunity to decide for themselves.
#yolo #saturdaymorningrant #longpost #blogentry

1. http://www.answering-christianity.com/101_bible_contradictions.htm
2. http://carm.org/contradictions-quran
3. http://www.comparativereligion.com/Gita.html
4. http://www.livescience.com/52364-origins-supernatural-relgious-beliefs.html

Saturday, March 7, 2015

State of Affairs in India (Mar 2015)

I just realized, whenever I don't have any interesting experience or thoughts to share, I could simply rant about my home country and the shit it has to deal with.
To start with , this whole the #aibroastoffendsme bandwagon followed by the BBC documentary, which was banned due to fear that it will create disorder, I mean isn't the content also a little offensive to us in a way that its our own fault ? Our own citizens have such a mentality, the lawyers defending them , free citizens roaming our streets, well educated, they can talk like this, have a stance like this, its sickening, it makes me want to punch.... anyways
on the other hand there is the mob that raided a jail, dragged an accused rapist out and killed him.
I am really unhappy with what's going on in India, instant justice is not justice ! remember how it was when bunch of crazy people burnt someone alive because she was accused of witchcraft and that was an okay thing to do back then ? yeah its just like that , except in this case, its an accused rapist.

"The law says that any person accused of committing a crime is presumed ‘innocent until proven guilty’ in a competent court which exercises appropriate jurisdiction on such matters and persons; and that an accused person is entitled to bail as a constitutional right, unless in capital offences or if the offence committed is a non-bailable offence. So people must understand this, and
be patient to allow the system of jurisprudence play itself out."

So a quick shout out to the responsible literate Indians reading this blog,

Do the responsible thing, teach and promote this simple value, to respect the law of the land ! Lets do this folks, we live in a democracy and must not resort to breaking the law to serve as the judges. We do not want to be living in a country ruled by public opinion. We have a Judiciary , respect it. Jai Hind !

ps. The ban on beef in Maharashtra is simply ridiculous, cricket balls are made from cow hide (which comes from cows that are killed for their meat primarily) so basically you are banning the sale/possesion of the meat, but still allowing sale of these leather balls which come from their meat, I mean its the most f****d up kind food related legislation I've ever seen or heard or read a government pass. Well done Maharashtra Government, well done.
Some more reading for those interested: here

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Why I am an Athiest ? (Part 1)

In the first post in a series of posts on this topic, I would like to begin with the reason for writing this, many people from where I come from have never really contemplated the idea that there can be a world without any God or that the God Hypothesis is indeed a hypothesis (a very poor one at that). I would like to explain some of the concepts so any devout rational thiest reading this can at least understand the arguments and beliefs of atheists like myself. so here goes..

as defined in the online oxford dictionary:

Atheist  -  " Disbelief or lack of belief in the existence of God or Gods ".

Agnostic -  " A person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God "

Theist - " Belief in the existence of a god or gods, especially belief in one god as creator of the universe, intervening in it and sustaining a personal relation to his creatures. Compare with deism.:

Deism - "Belief in the existence of a supreme being, specifically of a creator who does not intervene in the universe. The term is used chiefly of an intellectual movement of the 17th and 18th centuries that accepted the existence of a creator on the basis of reason but rejected belief in a supernatural deity who interacts with humankind. Compare with theism.

To more elaborately explain the terms, something I copied from infoplease.com

Theist, Deist, Atheist, Agnostic

A theist  a person who believes in the existence of God or gods, especially belief in a personal God as creator and ruler of the world.

A deist believes there is a God who created all things, but does not believe in His superintendence and government. He thinks the Creator implanted in all things certain immutable laws, called the Laws of Nature, which act per se, as a watch acts without the supervision of its maker. He does not believe in the doctrine of the Trinity, nor in a divine revelation.

The atheist disbelieves even the existence of a God. He thinks matter is eternal, and what we call “creation” is the result of natural laws.

The agnostic believes only what is knowable. He rejects revelation and the doctrine of the Trinity as “past human understanding.” He is neither theist, deist, nor atheist, as all these are past understanding.

Reading up to this point, everyone must have an idea on what their stance is and what it means (just so that everyone is on the same page)

incase you are one of those who has a slightly different stance or claim to have a completely new stance or not sure, maybe you should try take this test to figure out.
Note. The above test is no fool proof way but a very good indicator to figure out on which die of any of the above you are.

moving on, coming to why I am an atheist, I would like to keep it simple and concise, so I will bullet point my main reasons (note I have way too many to list them down)

1. Lack of any evidence that God exists.
2. Stories and literature ( I consider creative art) cannot be used to support your claim.
3. God as a concept is in my opinion a manifestation of early man's fear and rationality and written historical records have yet to overpower this pre historic fear and false belief in a creator/god.
4. Religion is root of most evil on the planet and its better we get rid of it.
5. Just because some use God as their hope and motivation doesn't mean it has to be forced upon everyone.
6. Science has always made better predictions than religious text.
7. Santa Claus, Fables, Comics are not real, hence further disbelief in God.

7 as they say is a magic number, so I will stop at that. Another important thing to note, in any debate involving the existence of god as the topic, one must remember, the onus of providing a proof is on the person claiming existence of God, not the person claiming lack of existence. Just like how I don't have to provide proof in a "is superman real" debate if I was arguing that superman is a fictional character I also don't have to provide proof for my claim that there is no God. My only proof is the lack of any evidence when there should be a lot of evidence if God was indeed real.

 Concluding my post with a quote from John McCarthy

"An atheist doesn't have to be someone who thinks he has a proof that there can’t be a god. He only has to be someone who believes that the evidence on the God question is at a similar level to the evidence on the werewolf question."

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Airplanes !

This evening I was jetlagged, on the back of a 2 week vacation in In India where I travelled in the south and west (Thiruvanthapuram , Goa and Mumbai ). I was peeking out the window from my bed to see a constant stream of aircrafts flying along this narrow patch of the sky in the same direction each time, I google mapped my house with that direction to see where these planes were going, when I realized that was the direction one needed to look from my window for the planes taking off at Newark Liberty International airport. Was a strange yet obvious conclusion. I sat there for the next hour or so, just scanning the sky for the next airplane. Was a strange thing to sit down and think about the chaos around you. The buzz of activity, the sheer volume and density of information exchange.
sigh

just thought I should pen this stuff down and publish.


Saturday, December 27, 2014

United can win the title !

YES, as outlandish as that claim is, you gotta take it with a pinch of salt, coming from a very old faithful united fan who has grown up to watching them chase down big leads before, remember chasing down arsenal back in 2013 ? (the captain agrees with me here) I honestly am more hopeful than confident about my claim that united can win the title. I write this blog post to sit down and jot down my reasons for some objective perspective.

I support my claim using the following 3 reasons:

1. United have done this before (statistics),
2. We have a lot of goals in this side (championship wining sides always score a lot of goals).
3. We have been unlucky with injuries, imagine a fit united squad in 2015.

I dont make a strong case yet? let me explore with you, what other rival contenders going for them that would help united's chances

1. Chelsea:
  1.1 I got nothing, they are absolutely winning this if they dont fuck it up.

2. Manchester City:
  2.2 I see the problem with my claim now, they (city) look solid too, so they will win it if chelsea slip up, unless they fuck it up too, now I'm really hopping for too much,

The revival under Van Gaal has been impressive, maybe that's fueling my ambitious and hopeful reasoning.
this video sums up my mood


sigh
but then if you support united and were born sometime in the 80s, then you like me have enjoyed stupendous success, I mean really, we were scoring for fun, winning like its our right, last couple of decades especially, spoilt with so much success. We have got our rewards too soon, we can go without silverware for a very very long time (see liverpool fans) :)
actually doesn't matter to be honest, even if united never go on to win anything ever again, then so be it, it is what it is, and I still can't see my self not supporting united. Its done, can't be changed, no matter what.
Quoting Damien*, "You can change your country, your language, your religion, but you can't change your club",

to next season then. The flame of love and loyalty burns on inside...

ps.

*This past week I was in Goa for a weekend trip with the guys, I happen to bump into a young frenchman called 'Damien' on our way to our hotel from the airport.  Damien who happened to start supporting AS Monaco since he was 7, spoke about his love for the club and how he attempts to try and follow the club on his travels. We didn't get to exchange our contacts, so Damien if you ever read this, send me a shout !


Friday, March 14, 2014

you truly are the center of the universe !

now before I write anything, I want to clarify the title, its not intended to be cheesy or be poetic or whatever, no drama, this is a fact. you can check out the details in this really long (58 mins) talk by Prof Lawrence Klaus which shows why and how this is true for the observable universe. (roughly 48 billion light years in any direction from us*)

The "you" here is the individual reading the article, it simply assumes there is an observer who is the you, and by center I mean the physical location with respect to the boundaries of the observable universe.

anyways, enough about the title, now to the elaborate in a manner that could explain without needing to know anything about theoretical physics or astronomy or whatever.

so we have eyes, eyes that can see light, light coming from far away objects, in the sky, distinct stars, light years away going all the way up to the plasma of the big bang beyond which light could not penetrate. So these eyes are designed to only see up to a very small spectrum of this particular light, what we call the visible spectrum of electromagnetic radiation. So yeah we see very little of this light . Also the stuff we see, gets red-shifted away from us due to the rapidly expanding universe we live in. Red shifted means , the light waves get so dark for us that we cannot see them anymore, but telescopes that can account for this redshift can see them. Now studying all the images from these rapidly moving away galaxy stars, physicists have calculated the rate at which the galaxies are moving away from each other and effectively us.
They realized a peculiar problem , everywhere they looked, they saw that the galaxies twice the distance away are moving twice as fast away from us, and it makes it appear as if we are the center of the universe and everything rapidly accelerating away from us, in a trillion years, everything will be too far away from each other that, each galaxy would be so far away from each other that light from one would get red shifted to zero because the space in between them would begin to expand faster than the speed of light. causing light to never catch up, which is really messed up if you think about for a minute. So to sum it up, you as the reader are truly the center of your observable universe because light entering your eyes seems to be coming from stuff thats all flying away from you giving you the illusion that you are the center of the universe. actually it makes every galaxy in the universe believe the same thing.  Hold that thought out for the first guy who discovered this, he must have scratched his head and said to himself .."uhm, thats odd, she was right , she truly is the center of the universe "(while referring to his wife) and so was he himself the center of the universe from the point of view from his eyes.,
sigh, what a crazy thought,

I am going to come back to this one and start adding references to external sources for most of the stuff I have claimed here as facts.

so next time your wife tells you she is the center of the universe, she is probably right ! and remember so are you.

Notes:

*if you are wondering how we know the universe is 40 something billion light years in any direction when the universe is only supposed to be 13.7 billion years
well the reason for that was left as a clue to the reader in the rest of the article, when I talk about how space between stuff is expanding, space itself is expanding , making everything accelerate away faster away from each other, so even though its been only 13.7 billion years since the big bang, the far away stars have moved further away from us by the time the light reached us, so the total time that light took to reach you could be 40 something billion years for very very young stars of the universe whose light just managed to make it to earth.